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Five Races in Five Nights for Taylor Ferns During Indiana Midget Week

By Ferns Racing PR

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich.–June 11, 2013 — With other racing
commitments taking up a large portion of her time and also Mother
Nature interrupting her schedule, it’s been quite a while since
Taylor Ferns has raced a midget on dirt. The season-opening Chili
Bowl Midget Nationals in January to be exact. She’ll make up for that
this week as she’ll race five times in five nights at five different
tracks as part of Indiana Midget Week for the Honda USAC National
Midget Series.

The 2013 edition of Indiana Midget Week kicks-off on Wednesday, June
12 at Gas City Speedway. The mini-series then heads to Lincoln Park
Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, June 13, with a stop at
Bloomington Speedway to follow on Friday, June 14. The second to last
round of Indiana Midget Week is set for Saturday, June 15 at
Lawrenceburg Speedway, with the five-race stretch wrapping up on
Sunday, June 16 at Kokomo Speedway.

“It definitely has been a long time since I’ve raced a midget on the
dirt, but after a lap or two in hot laps, I should have the feel for
everything again,” Ferns said. “I’ve been watching a lot of You Tube
videos of the tracks we’ll be racing at and that always helps. I
raced the Silver Crown car at the Indiana State Fairgrounds a few
weeks ago, so having been on dirt for that should help as well this
week.”

After the inaugural Kokomo Grand Prix was rained out in April and the
Hut Hundred at Tri-City (Ill.) Speedway postponed by inclement
weather last month, Indiana Midget Week will serve as the season
opening set of events for the Honda USAC National Midget Dirt
Championship. Last season, Ferns competed in 17 dirt events aboard
her family-owned No. 55 Motor City Auto Transport Inc., Spike,
combining starts with the Honda USAC National Midget Series, POWRi
Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Badger Midget Auto Racing
Association.

Ferns took part in Indiana Midget Week for the first time in her
career last year. She timed in 14th in the opening round at Gas City
Speedway with a very strong 41-car field in attendance. The
17-year-old matched that qualifying effort the next night at Lincoln
Park Speedway with 40 cars checked in. Ferns recorded her best
performance in time trials at Kokomo Speedway in the final round of
the five-race mini-series, stopping the clocks 12th-quickest.

Last season during Indiana Midget Week, Ferns visits four of the five
tracks for the first time. The one venue that she had turned laps at
previously was Kokomo Speedway. She finished eighth at the
quarter-mile bullring last fall during the Kokomo Klash, and in 2011,
raced twice at Kokomo Speedway with the USAC D1 Midget Series,
finishing fourth and eighth.

“Most of the tracks on the Midget Week schedule, I had never been to
before last year, so it took a little extra time to get the feel for
them,” she noted. “Going back this year things will feel a lot more
natural, because I have a good idea of all the tracks and have run on
them all. One thing I have to keep in mind is that the races are a
lot shorter than most of the races I’ve run this year, so while I
have to be patient to a certain extent, I can’t be too patient and
have to be on it, especially in the heat races.”

The native of Shelby Township, Mich., has made three starts with the
Honda USAC National Pavement Midget Championship this season,
finishing 11th on the second night of the season at New Smyrna
Speedway in Florida back in February. She made her most recent start
in the Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis,
finishing 13th. The winningest female in USAC history also made her
first dirt start with the USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series at the
Indiana State Fairgrounds last month. She will have veteran open
wheel driver and two-time Indiana Midget Week champion Tracy Hines
turning the wrenches on her car, as he too competes in the five-race
mini-series.

“Having someone you can trust and lean on is very important and
that’s what I feel we have with Tracy (Hines) helping us,” shared
Ferns. “I can bounce ideas off him and he’s raced at all of these
tracks so many times and has so much experience and knowledge that
most people will never have. It’s huge to be able to work with him
and even more importantly, learn from him.”

Ferns, who qualified fifth and scored a top-10 finish in her first
career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start in March at
Mobile International Speedway in Alabama, has made a trio of
appearances with the full-bodied stock car series in 2013. She
qualified ninth at Toledo Speedway in Ohio, in May and was running in
the top-10 when an electrical problem ended her day. Earlier this
month, Ferns raced at Elko Speedway in Minnesota, qualifying 11th and
finishing 12th, after losing a couple of laps having to make a green
flag pit stop.

Entering Indiana Midget Week, Ferns is 10th in the Honda USAC
National Midget Pavement Championship standings, following the first
three races of the season. She is scheduled to compete in the
majority of races with the Honda USAC National Midget Series on both
the dirt and pavement this season.

“Making the main event will be our first goal each night during
Midget Week,” she said of her objectives during Indiana Midget Week.
“Running good laps every lap is also something we want to make sure
we do. We’ve had a lot of bad luck this year, so we definitely want
to try and make up for that this week. With how much we’ll be racing,
we’ll have plenty of chances to turn things around. If we can get
solid finishes each night and run all the laps that will make it a
good week for us.”

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